out-in-africaOut In Africa (OIA), producers of the South African Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, has received funding from The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) for the purpose of making a full-length narrative feature film.

The intention is to develop and produce a three strand, interwoven script and film that relates and honours the lives of South African gays and lesbians and the multiplicity of their experience.

This first Call is for scriptwriters. The production is an opportunity for talented, experienced industry practitioners – three writers in particular, professionals who have the relevant filmmaking experience and have demonstrated ability in their chosen field, but who have not yet made a feature film. There will be a further Call for Producers and Directors.

The film is to be shot and completed in 2014.

OIA invites interested scriptwriters to submit the following typed Word documents, in English:

  • A 2 page CV detailing relevant experience and referees who may be contacted by OIA.
  • A sample script for a short film (30 minutes maximum) that best represents your writing ability. It need not have a gay or lesbian theme although that would be preferable.

Time is of the essence. We are not requiring scriptwriters to create new ideas or scripts along G&L themes to submit right now. If you have work that has already been "published", or a script in that bottom drawer - either is acceptable. What is essential is that the writer believes that the work best represents their ability to create interesting dialogue and interesting scenarios in which that dialogue takes place.

  • Please note that treatments are not acceptable and will not be considered at this time.
  • We reiterate - short film scripts, 30 minutes maximum, are required. Full length feature film scripts are not acceptable and will not be considered at this time.

Once the OIA selection committee has read through the submissions, a shortlist of submissions will be drawn up.

The writers of the shortlisted submissions will then be requested to submit a treatment for a 30 minute film along the lines of the Concept already created by OIA.

Shortlisted writers will be required

  • to agree to and sign the applicable terms and conditions with OIA;
  • will be paid for their work, even if does not make the Final list;
  • and all rights to this script will become the property of Out In Africa.

Thereafter, the scriptwriters selected by Out In Africa will be offered a development contract (from treatment to shooting script). They will be expected to attend a series of workshops in Cape Town in which the three stories will be developed to form a single feature film script. Out In Africa will own the rights for all work developed by contracted scriptwriters for the purposes of this film.

Deadline for submission is 4pm, Friday 30 August 2013. No late submissions will be considered.

Please send submissions to: info@oia.co.za

Please ensure ‘Omnibus’ is in the subject line.

OIA is an equal opportunities employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender presentation.

The NLDTF relies on funds from the proceeds of the National Lottery. The Lotteries Act and regulations guide the way in which NLDTF funding may be allocated. The NLDTF wants the grants to make a difference to the lives of all South Africans, especially those more vulnerable, and to improve the sustainability of the beneficiary organisations. Available funds are distributed to registered and qualifying non-profit organizations in the fields of charities; arts, culture and national heritage; and sport and recreation. By placing its emphasis on areas of greatest need and potential, the NLDTF contributes to South Africa’s development.